Manuel Pellegrini could be sacked on New Year’s Day if West Ham lose their next two matches.
The Hammers are only one point above the Premier League relegation zone after Thursday’s 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace, and the pressure is mounting on Pellegrini.
He was offered a stay of execution last month when the club decided against sacking him and hiring David Moyes, but Pellegrini has failed to turn things around and The Times report he has only two games to save his job.
These matches, against Leicester on Saturday and away at Bournemouth on New Year’s Day, will not be easy, and defeats in both could mean the 66-year-old begins 2020 out of a job.
And the time has come for a change to be made, according to talkSPORT’s very own Ian ‘The Moose’ Abrahams – a die-hard Hammers supporter.
“I think the time has come when you have to question if the players really are behind Manuel Pellegrini; they’re not really looking like they are.
“I just look at it and think it needs a new voice in there, it needs somebody who is going to shake it all up.
“Clearly Sebastien Haller is not a bad player – he showed that last year with Eintracht Frankfurt – yet he’s looked bang average at West Ham. It’s the same with Pablo Fornals; he’s looked a terrific player for Spain but hasn’t shown any of that at West Ham.
“You saw yesterday in the highlights that the players were arguing with themselves on the pitch… I think the time has come.”
Moyes is in the frame to return to West Ham for a second spell as manager, having first joined the club on a short-term basis in November 2017.
He kept the Hammers in the Premier League at the end of the season but was not retained, with the Scot departing east London so Pellegrini could arrive as manager.
Asked if he would welcome Moyes back to the London Stadium, the Moose admitted he would prefer a couple of alternative options.
“I would go with Chris Wilder,” he continued. “I think he is a man who could shake things up.
“Eddie Howe is another one I would love to see in charge of West Ham, but I don’t think Eddie will leave Bournemouth until they are safe and I think they’ll be in a relegation battle until the end of the season so I can’t see that happening.
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“You’ve got to think outside the box; I said when Slaven Bilic was sacked that West Ham must go to Scotland with as much money as you need to bring Brendan Rodgers back to the Premier League. But they didn’t do that, Leicester did and they are reaping the rewards.
“You don’t need a big-name manager. You don’t need someone who on their CV has won a Premier League then gone to China and basically retired.
“I think it needs a young, hungry voice in there. And though the fans would demand a big-name manager, I think the likes of Chris Wilder, Eddie Howe of Sean Dyche.
“If you are going to try and make a real stellar appointment go and get Nuno from Wolves.
“But I think in terms of what West Ham need, they need somebody to go in there and shake it all up and tell the players what they need to do, because clearly the players are much, much better than they are showing on the pitch at the moment.”